November 29, 2020

Ms. Willie Ruth Veal

Front Pic_cropWillie Ruth Veal, 86, a native and longtime resident of County Road 825, Wadley, died after an extended illness on Friday morning, Jan. 16, 2015, at the home of her cousin in Austell, Ga.

The funeral will be Saturday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. at Mount Olive United Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. William Crawford, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The second of three children of the late Lorena Rowe and William Veal, Ruth was born Jan. 31, 1928, in the Dickert community.

She was a 1946 graduate of Randolph County Training School. She graduated with honors from Booker T. Washington Business College in Birmingham in 1949, earning her certificate in secretarial science.

Miss Veal wrote life insurance for Booker T. Washington and Vulcan Life Insurance Companies. Between 1946 and 1961, she taught school all over Randolph County in such rural communities as Flint Hill, Woodville, Broughton Ridge, Nubbin Ridge and Wadley.

She interrupted her employment again to attend Alabama State University in Montgomery. At ASU, she served as dormitory counselor of Albercrombie Hall and financial secretary of the Student Christian Association.

She received her bachelor of science in elementary education in 1965. Her longest stay in teaching was in Heard County, Ga., where she taught at Mary Johnson High School and Heard Elementary School. She worked at almost every level of education, including special education, kindergarten and Chapter I Programs.

Miss Veal retired in June 1993. She was a member of Mount Olive United Methodist Church in the Dickert community, where she was a member of the choir, recording secretary, church treasurer and chairperson of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee.

Miss Veal was a member and recording secretary of Roanoke Cooperative Parish of the United Methodist Church. She was independent and self-sufficient person who made her own way in life and fared well – never complaining – but always doing.

She is survived by several cousins, including her caretaker, Wanda Rowe of Austell, as well as James Phillips, Deborah Reese and Linda Stewart, all of Roanoke, and Pamela Reese, Teresa Reese, Michael Reese, Wayne Reese and Mark Rowe, all of Wadley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an older sister, Barbara Burroughs, and another sibling who died as a young child.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 23, after noon.

Clark Memorial Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.



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